Airport Programs

Overcoming Your Fear of Flying!

Even experienced flyers sometimes experience anxiety about flight. It has been estimated that about one-sixth of the population fears aviation. Overcoming Your Fear of Flying offers education and skill building for frequent flyers as well as those who are considering taking their first flight.

Next Session: October 2018 (Class dates: October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3)

Goals of the Class

Overcoming Your Fear of Flying classes help people reach two important goals:

  1. Using commercial flight as a means of transportation.
  2. Reducing the amount of anxiety and fear that go along with thinking about or taking a commercial flight.

What You Will Learn

The focus of Overcoming Your Fear of Flying is on providing members of the class with the skills and understanding they need to feel more comfortable about flying. To reach this goal, the class concentrates on two areas: learning about airplanes and how they fly, and learning about the causes and cures of fear.

About the Instructor

The instructor of Overcoming Your Fear of Flying is Dr. Michael P. Tomaro, a Milwaukee Aviation Psychologist and Certified Flight Instructor.

You can reach Dr.Tomaro at (262) 786-9306 or at

Class Member Comments

"I went out the day after our graduation flight and bought two tickets to fly out East to visit my family - something I've wanted to do for years."- Eleanor

"Thank you for the information, support and encouragement I needed to help me become a comfortable flyer." - Pat

"Had no trouble on the flight - I have learned how to control my fears. Airports are now exciting places. Looking forward to my next adventure." - Richard

The Next Session

The next Overcoming Your Fear of Flying course will be offered in October 2018. The five-session course runs on five consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Sijan Conference Room (located inside the Mitchell Gallery of Flight Museum) at General Mitchell International Airport. The $200 course registration fee covers four classroom sessions on the ground.  Students are responsible for the cost of the short commercial airline flight as part of the class. Note that the day of the flight could be on a weekday.  Reservations are required.  The size of the class is limited to 12 people.

Sign up

To register for Overcoming Your Fear of Flying Classes via phone, call (414) 747-3724 or click the link above to send an email.

Airport Administration
Fear of Flying Classes
5300 S. Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Self-Guided Airport Tours

Self-guided tours of Mitchell Airport can be informative and enriching for all age groups.  Use our handy GMIA Self-Guided Tour Booklet to design a tour for your group's needs.  Groups may visit the exhibits in the Mitchell Gallery of Flight aviation history museum and watch activity on the airfield from the windows of the fifth floor skywalk or Concourse C corridor.


Meals for your group may be purchased at the restaurants located in the airport's main terminal. For more information on dining options, click here.

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